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MAOR407 Presenting Pacific Histories

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Themes and theories in the representation of Indigenous histories of Aotearoa and other Islands of the Pacific.

This paper will examine representations of indigenous histories of Aotearoa and other islands of the Pacific and introduce students to theories and themes relevant to the indigenous histories of Aotearoa and other Pacific Islands. Students will explore connections between such theories and the content of indigenous New Zealand and other Pacific histories and reconsider the nature of indigenous histories in New Zealand and the Pacific, in the light of such wider theoretical discussions.

Paper title Presenting Pacific Histories
Paper code MAOR407
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,154.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,801.79

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36 300-level HIST, MAOR or PACI points
MAOX 407
Also available through the Distance Learning Programme.
Tel: 03 479 8674
Teaching staff
Professor Michael Reilly
Paper Structure

This paper is 100% internally assessed

This paper is taught online and on-campus.Three main themes are covered: Founders and Foundations (foundational historical writings and founders of Pacific Islands history); Islands and Seas (early meetings between indigenous people and Europeans, oceanic connections between indigenous peoples); People and Places (particular places and islands in the Pacific). In this paper the Pacific includes Aotearoa New Zealand.


Students select from readings listed in the course outline. A number of these are available through e-reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Understand significant themes in the representation of indigenous histories of Aotearoa and other islands of the Pacific
  • Speak with some understanding of various bodies of theory relevant to indigenous New Zealand and Pacific Island histories
  • Discuss the content and arguments used in books and articles in relevant fields of theory or on indigenous New Zealand and Pacific Island histories
  • Write detailed reviews and reports on indigenous New Zealand and Pacific Island histories
  • Analyse and interpret indigenous histories in the light of various theoretical constructs

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system